These days, television is where it's at. It offers variety for viewers, and more interesting roles for actors. Traditionally, the leap from the big to the small screen includes a pay cut, but according to TV Guide, the stars' pockets are fatter than ever.
The magazine released a list of the highest-earning TV actors and personalities. Each category is broken down as follows: Drama, Comedy, Reality, Late Night, News, Daytime/Syndication. You'd be surprised to know who's on top the heap.
Jon Stewart, who headlines The Daily Show, reportedly rakes in between $25–30 million per year. We guess it pays to be funny and informative. For drama series, NCIS' Mark Harmon leaves everyone in the dust with his $525,000 per episode, plus a percentage of the show's profits.
On the comedy side, a familiar face reigns supreme — Ashton Kutcher. After taking over for Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men, he's enjoyed the steady pay of $750,000 an episode. Meanwhile, the Reality TV category belongs to Howard Stern, who makes $15 million a year for America's Got Talent.
Drama (per episode)
Comedy (per episode)
Late Night (per year)
News (per year)
Daytime/Syndication (per year)
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